Introducing: iPhone X

Jacob Stein

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Many students have purchased the iPhone X, Apple’s latest iPhone. The iPhone X was announced in September and released on November 3rd. The iPhone X is marketed as a premium smartphone and has wireless charging, Face ID, and a larger display. “I like the camera, but not the Face ID”, said junior Harry Feng. Face ID allows the user to unlock the phone by scanning the user’s face. The phones use infrared technology to create a unique facial recognition pattern of the user’s face. However, there has been debate about the effectiveness of Face ID and whether it really protects user’s privacy. An article by Forbes demonstrated this, as they showed that Face ID can be fooled by an artificial mask. Similar facial recognition software, such as software for Android phones, has been fooled, raising questions about the relative safety of such software. Many cybersecurity companies, such as Sophos and Symantec, have warned consumers not to use Face ID for business transactions. In addition to this, citizens can be forced to provide Face ID to unlock an iPhone, as biometric data is not protected under law. Apple has already promised to make software updates to fix any bugs and fought to stop police from unlocking iPhones. Only time will tell if Face ID will become a viable form of a password or unsafe software that is readily exploited.

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